6. Jerry Koosman
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 23, 1942 in Appleton, MN USA
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 14, 1967
  • Final Game: August 21, 1985
  • Cy Young - 1976
  • Cy Young - 1979
  • MVP - 1968
  • MVP - 1969
  • MVP - 1976
  • Rookie of the Year - 1968
 
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It cannot be disputed that Tom Seaver was the ace of the New York Mets staff during the 1969 Miracle Mets season and beyond, but Koosman was the far more effective hurler in the ’69 World Series (he went 2-0 with a 0.623 WHIP) and was also a large reason they got there in the first place. 

Koosman was a star in his own right, earning a trip to the All-Star Game both in 1968 and 1969 and helped them reach another Fall Classic (albeit in a losing effort in 1973).  “Kooz” would have his best season in baseball in ’76 when he won 21 Games with 200 Strikeouts finishing second in Cy Young voting. 

Jerry Koosman deserves to go down as one of the great New York Met Pitchers ever, and the team agreed, retiring his number 36 in 2021.  Now if only he kept the game ball from the ’69 Title!

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent 8/27/64.
  • Departed: Traded to the Minnesota Twins for Greg Field and a Player to be Named Later (which would be Jesse Orosco) 12/8/77.
  • Games Played: 376
  • Notable Statistics: 140 Wins
    137 Losses
    3.09 ERA
    346 Games Started
    108 Complete Games
    26 Shutouts
    14 Games Finished
    5 Saves
    3,045.2 Innings Pitched
    1,799 Strikeouts
    3.12 FIP
    1.219 WHIP
    2.19 SO/BB
    39.5 bWAR

    6 Playoff Games
    4 Wins
    0 Losses
    3.38 ERA
    40.0 Innings Pitched
    31 Strikeouts
    1.15 WHIP
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1969)
    All-Star (1968 & 1969)
    Highest SO/9 (1977)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1968 & 1970)
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